Annabel Fenton is a Communications Coordinator in the Knowledge, Impact and Policy Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). She provides communications support and coordination for a portfolio of projects across the Institute, including Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D), the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) and others.
Prior to joining IDS, Annabel worked across a variety of development sectors, from youth advocacy in policy forums with the South African Institute of International Affairs; working as a journalist across South Africa and Zambia; management consulting for South African government departments, private companies and non-profit organisations; to most recently working as the Head of Strategy, Impact and Special Projects at Thanda, a grassroots organisation implementing education and farming projects in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Annabel is an urban geographer with experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in South African cities. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics and Geography from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with distinction in Geography and a Master of Arts (by Research) with distinction in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand.